top of page
  • Writer's pictureLouise Carnachan

Finding Ways to be Up in a Down Time


What I most enjoyed about getting dressed for work was contemplating the jewelry I’d wear that day. I have a fondness for earrings, necklaces and bracelets—it was fun to pair my collection with my clothing. Now that I’m semi-retired and working from home (with feline office-mates who couldn’t care less how I dress), my standards have slipped. Woefully so. My wardrobe has shrunk to a few comfortable pieces. I reserve the best of these for public viewing.

I grew up with a depressed mother, and I could always tell how bad the day was going to be by how she dressed, or didn’t. If there was no shower or lipstick, it was going to be a difficult day. I was always happy to see her with her “face” on. (That’s an ironic statement, isn’t it?) But to my kid mind, when she was nicely attired, she was functioning, and my life was easier.

As the coronavirus pandemic and attendant ramifications continue, I find the relentlessness of news and social media drag me down. I need easy coping strategies. Although I’d decided early on that I had to get out of my bathrobe, this week I’ve decided to expand my wardrobe beyond the usual and sport fun earrings and socks for a splash of creativity. I’m hoping this will incentivize getting dressed before the day has completely gotten away.

What are you doing to keep yourself upbeat while relegated to your home office? Please use the comment box below.

Sending you appropriately physically distanced encouragement—and reminding you to provide material (or moral) support people providing essential services.

41 views5 comments

Recent Posts

See All

5 Kommentare


tracyao
19. Apr. 2020

Oooh, yes, socks make the person. You have inspired me to look beyond the blah blacks and greys to find my collection of holiday socks. So what if it is not Thanksgiving—turkey socks are always in style.

Gefällt mir

jdereder46
07. Apr. 2020

Walking in the sunshine helps me.

Gefällt mir

Lisa Nowak
Lisa Nowak
07. Apr. 2020

Snuggling cats and not watching the news. That's my way of staying upbeat.

Gefällt mir

jdereder46
05. Apr. 2020

It does for everyone around you.

Gefällt mir

Barb Froman
Barb Froman
05. Apr. 2020

Does showering count as positive forward movement on the day?

Gefällt mir
bottom of page